Can you prevent spider veins?

There are a few ways to prevent new spider veins from developing and maintain the results of your sclerotherapy or laser treatment.

Spider veins are, in most cases, small and harmless. They do not cause any pain, but they can be removed for cosmetic reasons. If you have already been through a treatment to resolve spider veins, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to prevent new veins from appearing — read on to find out how you can maintain the results of your treatment and keep spider veins at bay…

What causes spider veins?  

Spider veins are superficial leg veins that often resemble the pattern of a spider’s web. Red, blue or purple in colour, spider veins most often occur on the ankles, calves and thighs, although it is possible for them to develop on other areas of the body. Most spider veins are completely harmless, but you may choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.

Spider veins can be caused by a number of factors. They often develop as the result of prolonged standing or sitting because this causes increased pressure in the legs. They also tend to occur more often in elderly individuals. Other possible contributing factors include pregnancy, hormonal changes and sun damage. Some people are naturally more genetically predisposed to developing spider veins than others.

Can you prevent spider veins?

If you have noticed spider veins on your legs, the good news is that there are a number of things you can try to do to prevent new veins from appearing. One of the best things you can do to keep spider veins at bay is to get some regular exercise — a daily walk or run helps to boost circulation in the legs and maintains a healthy flow of blood through your veins.

It is also advisable that you don’t sit or stand for prolonged periods of time — this generally means more than two hours at a time. Prolonged sitting and/or standing can cause the blood to pool in your legs, so it is important that you take regular breaks to walk around throughout the day. This will help to reduce venous pressure in your legs and reduce your risk of valve damage.

Another way to reduce your risk of new spider veins from developing is to elevate your feet above the level of your heart at regular intervals throughout the day. By doing this, gravity will pull blood from the leg veins into the heart and minimise the build-up of blood in the legs.

You may find it helpful to wear compression stockings, especially if you have already had a treatment for spider veins. Compression stockings work by applying constant pressure to the lower legs, which helps to move blood back to the heart.

What should I do if I’ve noticed spider veins?  

While the above preventative measures can lower your risk of spider veins, they are not always enough to completely prevent the issue. If you have noticed spider veins on your thighs, calves, ankles or any other part of your body, you might consider a professional treatment.

Fortunately, spider veins can be treated safely and effectively either by means of laser treatment or with a procedure known as sclerotherapy, in which the inner wall of the veins is destroyed, causing them to collapse and fade over time.

How can we help?

At North Western Vascular, we offer both laser therapy and sclerotherapy for the treatment of spider veins. If you are concerned about the appearance of spider veins on your legs or body, we encourage you to come in and see us so that we can explain each procedure to you and guide you through your treatment of choice.

If you would like to find out more about the spider vein treatments that we offer at North Western Vascular, please have a look here.

If you would like to book an appointment, please get in touch here, or alternatively call us on 03 9372 9999.

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